City Hall: Quinn’s Efforts For Jailed Councilman Questioned

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With tensions simmering in the City Council yesterday about the arrest of one of their own, Speaker Christine Quinn said she was “troubled” about Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez’s treatment during the police raid of Zuccotti Park — but several Council members blamed her for not doing more to help him. —

Quinn’s deputy chief of staff Ramon Martinez said he worked the phones from nearly the moment Rodriguez was arrested early Tuesday morning, making dozens of calls to top aides to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. Quinn herself reached out to Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson.

“I did everything I possibly could,” Martinez said.

But those efforts were lost on several Council members, who are angered that one of their colleagues ended up spending 19 hours in lockup — far longer than most people arrested at Zuccotti Park — emerging at 8 p.m. on Tuesday with bruises on his face.

– To read the full report by Chris Bragg, head to City Hall